Center for Teaching Excellence Offerings 9/20/11-9/30/11

This and next week in the Center for Teaching Excellence:

Blackboard Basics for Faculty
Participants will be given one week to complete assignments online versus the one-hour on-campus version of the course. Blackboard is a web-based course management system that can be used in a variety of ways. Faculty can use the simple “point and click” tools to create an online course Web site that includes content delivery, grading, assessment, and communication. Blackboard Basics is a quick overview of using Blackboard in teaching, learning, and community building. This is a quick start session designed to get you on board with Blackboard fast. This training highlights the following:Learn the basics of Blackboard.Reduce the time it takes to place materials on the Web.Increase student access to materials, assessments, and grades
Open entry, open exit online – email to register.

Blackboard Grade Center
BlackBoard-Using and Managing Grade CenterInstructors can store student performance results in the course Grade Center. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Grade Center. The Grade Center supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. With the instructor*s permission, students can view their own grades (but no one else*s) in the course Grade Center.
Open entry, open exit online – email to register.

Getting Results @ GRCC September 19-October 30 – Online
Optional introductory session: Wednesday, October 21 5:00 – 6:00 PM 316 Main Building, Downtown Campus
Register via email to Still accepting registration through Friday 9/23

This six-week online course provides a comprehensive approach to teaching adults in the community college setting. It is based on materials from the League for Innovation in the Community College’s on-line experience, Getting Results, and Introduction to Community College Instruction: Getting Results, developed by Ivy Tech Community College. That content is enhanced by additional GRCC materials and by optional face-to-face sessions for participants.

Webinar: Copyright, Fair Use, and Digital Content for Educators
Thursday, September 22 12:00 to 1:00 PM Your location or share impressions with colleagues in in 351 Main Building, Downtown Campus
Register here.
Note: if you do view at your own location and want to share impressions, please email us at

This is the first in a series sponsored by the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC), which will cover the basics related to copyright and copyleft, with special emphasis on issues related to digital distance education. Resources will be provided related to where you can find instructional content that is free and legal to use.

Webinar: Blackboard Instant Messaging
Friday, September 23 9:00 – 11:00 AM Your location
Additional offering: Friday, September 30 9:00 – 11:00 AM Your location
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Through Blackboard IM (formerly Wimba Pronto) instant messaging can be leveraged for online office hours, tutoring, help desks, meetings, and desktop video conferencing.
Benefits of using Blackboard IM include:
* Quickly connect with classmates, staff, and faculty for informal learning and timely ad-hoc meetings.
* Desktop video conferencing and audio provide rich interactions.
* An integrated whiteboard can be used for realtime collaboration.
* Application sharing provides unique abilities to work with students and peers.
* Queued chat for online office hours provides effective user managment.
* Instant access to campus services such as tutoring and help desks.

Using Camtasia Relay
Wednesday, 9/28 10:30 – 11:30 AM 351 Main Building, Downtown Campus
Prerequisite: Familiarity with computer basics; regular use of Blackboard.
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Camtasia Relay easily records audio and what you do on your computer screen (e.g. Powerpoint presentations, tutorials and lecture capture). You can install the recorder on your desktop or laptop. You can also use it in the classroom (if installed). Learn how to access and download the Camtasia Relay recorder; equipment and best practices; produce a Powerpoint or screen recording using Camtasia Relay; access, link and embed recordings.

What the Heck is a Rubric and How Do I Create One?
Friday, September 30 10:00 – 11:30 AM 316 Main Building
Additional offering: Tuesday, October 4 3:00 – 4:30 PM 316 Main Building
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Rubrics are an effective and dynamic tool for describing learning outcomes and assessing the quality of the teaching and learning experience. This presentation and discussion will present the basics of writing rubrics and offer ample time for working through the characteristics of effective rubrics. Additionally, we will discuss how students can create rubrics to develop their own learning objectives and measures of assessment.

Performing CATs
Monday, October 3 2:00 – 4:00 PM 316 Main Building Downtown Campus
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Participants will identify, discuss and practice CATs (classroom assessment techniques), with a focus on those that assess course-related knowledge and skills. identify and recognize the importance of assessing course-related knowledge and skills, participate in at least 3 CATs and identify at least one new CAT to be used in your classroom.

For more information or assistance with registration, contact us at or (616) 234-2278.

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